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Thursday, June 11 2015
Song Of Solomon 1: Why Is Song of Solomon In The Holy Bible?
"For the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints"
Many readers of the Book (i.e. scroll, as it was originally written) have wondered why the "Song of Solomon" is in the Holy Bible. It appears very unique from the other Scriptures in that it seems to make no mention of the LORD, His law, history or prophecy. While it is generally classified with the Psalms and Proverbs, it is very different from them as well. It appears as merely a love song between Solomon and his wife (see Singing In History And Prophecy).
The answer may be found if one considers when it was written, and therefore who was Solomon's wife - named in the Book only as a "Shulamite" (Shulam was an ancient town in the northern Israel area). Was it written when Solomon was a wise young man, who is recorded as expressing love for a specific "Shulamite," or was it written in Solomon's later years when he became a lecherous old fool with 700 "wives" and 300 "concubines"?
If it was written earlier, it's in the Bible as an example of love and faithfulness. Solomon's writings, and his wife's responses, do not portray either the ramblings of an old idol worshiper with a huge harem (as he later did in Ecclesiastes; see Solomon's Bubbles and A Wise Child And An Old And Foolish King), nor does the Shunammite talk as though she is just one of a thousand women. Their expression of love seems pure and whole for each other.
Who was the "Shulamite" that Solomon loved in his early, wise years? Does the Bible say? Yes, it does. Abishag, who was a Shunammite, was a young virgin who attended King David as he was dying. Due to the job that she was given to do, Abishag lived in the palace where still-then young, wise Solomon also lived. They knew each other and were about the same age.
"1:1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. 1:2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.
When David died, Solomon was fully made king. As still then a single, wise young man, he went into a jealous fury (something that a man with 1,000 "wives" would be unlikely to do) when his brother asked to marry Abishag - Solomon had his brother executed for making the request. If the Song of Solomon was written in his wise young years, Abishag the Shunammite would almost certainly be the wife in Song of Solomon.
"2:21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.
If one considers the time that Song of Solomon was logically written (i.e. when Solomon had one wife, and before he became a harem-keeping old idol worshiper), it becomes obvious why it's in the Bible because the principle of marital fidelity and love that is found in Song of Solomon is found throughout the Scriptures, including in analogy by the Messiah's love for His "bride": "19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God." (Revelation 19:7-9 KJV)
"1:1 The song of songs, which is Solomon's.
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This Day In History, June 11
1184 BC: According to calculations by Eratosthenes, Troy was sacked and burned on this date during the Trojan War.
173: During the Marcomannic Wars, the Roman army in Moravia was encircled by the Quadi (a Germanic tribe), however during a severe thunderstorm the Romans under Marcus Aurelius broke the lines and defeated them.
631: Chinese Emperor Taizong of Tang dispatched ambassadors to the Xueyantuo with gold and silk for the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the northern frontier. The mission resulted in freeing 80,000 Chinese people.
1346: Charles IV of Luxembourg was elected Holy Roman Emperor in Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1488: King James III of Scotland was murdered after his defeat at the Battle of Sauchieburn. He was succeeded by his son, James IV.
1509: King Henry VIII of England married the first of his six wives, Catherine of Aragon (the youngest daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, the employers of Christopher Columbus). It was Henry's later divorce of Catherine that triggered the break from the Church of Rome and the creation of the Church of England.
1727: King George I, the first Hanoverian king of Britain, died and was succeeded by his son George II.
1788: Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov arrived in Alaska. The area remained in Russian possession until the mid-twentieth century.
1770: English explorer Captain James Cook ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
1847: John Franklin, British explorer, died in the Arctic after his ships became frozen in the ice. The details of his death were in a note found by a search party in 1859.
1903: King Alexander and Queen Draga of Belgrade were assassinated by members of the Serbian army.
1920: During the Republican National Convention in Chicago, party leaders gathered in a hotel to decide on their candidate for the presidential election. As first written by the Associated Press, it produced the political term "smoke-filled room."
1963: Quang Duc, 66, a Buddhist monk, committed suicide by burning himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest treatment of Buddhists by the U.S.-backed Diem regime. The picture was front-page news around the world the next day, and was followed by other monks in the weeks afterward.
1967: Israel and Syria accepted the terms of a U.N. cease fire.
1987: Margaret Thatcher won her third consecutive term as British Prime Minister.
1997: An official Italian commission approved a move to allow Vittorio Emanuele, son of Italy's last king, to return home after 50 years of exile.
2001: Timothy McVeigh, 32, was executed at a U.S. Federal prison at Terre Haute, Indiana. The U.S.-born terrorist confessed to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19 1995 that killed 168 men, women and children. It was the most deadly act of terrorism in the U.S. prior to the 9-11 attacks on New York and Washington.